Intercultural Journeys bringing Alex Shaw’s Mandinga Experiment to International House in March

The Mandinga Experiment | photo by Aidan Un | courtesy of the artist
The Mandinga Experiment | photo by Aidan Un | courtesy of the artist

On March 11th at 8 pm, Intercultural Journeys will be hosting the next performance in their concert series at International House Philly, Alex Shaw: The Mandinga Experiment. Vocalist/percussionist and music educator Alex Shaw, who is also the curator of Intercultual Journeys, Director of Alô Brazil, and actively engaged with Live Connections as a board member and teaching artist, will be showing a performance that combines both visual art and musical performance to demonstrate the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira Angola. Continue reading →


Watch Alex Shaw of Alo Brasil perform WXPN’s Philly Local lunchtime busker series


Local multi-instrumentalist Alex Shaw performed at The Porch at 30th Street Station earlier this week for the XPN Local Show busker series.  You may recognize Shaw as band leader of Philadelphia’s eleven-piece Brazilian troupe Alo Brasil (check out their recent Key Studio Session here) but for this week’s afternoon set he performed solo, accompanied only by a guitarist.  Watch a video of the duo below and check out other busker series videos here.

Alex Shaw of Alo Brasil busking at The Porch at 30th Street Station from WXPN FM on Vimeo.


Philly Local Busker Background: Alex Shaw

Alex Pandeiro
Photo by Mark Stehle

Alex Shaw is the band leader of of Philadelphia eleven-piece Brazilian music ensemble Alo Brasil. He’s also a vocalist, member of the Spoken Hand Percussion Ensemble, educator who works with the Live Connections nonprofit at World Cafe Live, and also teaches at University of the Arts. This week, he’s our featured guest at the Philly Local busker’s series at The Porch at 30th Street Station.

This will be a rare opportunity to see Shaw perform as a solo artist – usually, he’s performing in a large ensemble, or leading a large ensemble (or teaching a roomful of curious minds). Today, however, he performs with only a guitarist as accompaniment.

The hour-long show begins at noon at The Porch at 30th Street, right off of 30th and Market Streets in University City. To get a taste of the unaccompanied Shaw, watch him performing “Dia de Praia” in the video below. For more, listen to Alo Brasil’s Key Studio Session from earlier this month.

Alex B Shaw: “Dia de Praia” from Anula Shetty on Vimeo.